The Ghana Catholic Bishops Conference has called on well-meaning Ghanaians and Christians to embrace politics as an indispensable tool for nation building and social cohesion ahead of the December, 2020 general elections.
The bishops made the call in a pastoral letter released on August 10, 2020 from the office of the president of the conference and signed by Most Rev. Philip Naameh, President of the Ghana Catholic Bishops Conference.
The bishops in the four paged letter noted that, in about four months, Ghana shall be participating in another momentous democratic exercise to elect its next president and 275 legislators to steer the affairs of the country for the next four-year political mandate and therefore the need to issue the pastoral letter as Shepherds to serve as a reminder for all Catholics and fellow citizens to embrace politics as an indispensable tool for nation building.
While the Bishops Conference urged all Ghanaians to work consciously towards peace building and, as a country, learn from the mistakes and successes of the past, it also encouraged all to abhor the acrimonious type of politics now gaining currency in our dear country in order to make the impending election in December more successful.
The Bishops noted with concern various acts that puts the country at the brick of violence. “Of late, unfortunately, there are worrying sources of tension that require the entire nation to be on our guard and to grapple with lest we suffer unhappy consequences.”
They observed among other things ‘vigilantism and electoral violence, media sensationalism, fake news and politics of insult, the politics of ethnicity, disrespect for authority and for the elderly’ as some of the latest developments that needs to be strived against.
“It goes without saying that we cannot achieve perfection in one day. We must admit our limitations, fully aware that what matters is that we do not lose hope or give up our struggle to consolidate our political gains and improve upon our democratic credentials.” The Bishops Conference encouraged.
The Bishops further extended appreciation for all efforts that brings happiness, peace and joy, and the sacrifices made by many but called on the presidency and other governmental agencies such as the EC, Security agencies, political parties faith based organizations and civil society groups to take responsibility for ensuring free, fair, peaceful and transparent elections, even in this era of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Source: Vincent Amedzake //Radio Angelus